Evaluating the Effects of Artistic Impregnation of Scientific Objects on Qualifiers of Perceptual Assessment Through Self-Report Questionnaires: Implications for an Emerging Experimental Neuroepistemology

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This report summarizes our preliminary efforts to delineate, at controlled experimentation, the impact of art, and artistic aesthetics, on the way we assess science. Our results suggest that the analytic-synthetic axis of perceptual cognitive handling of the scientific object is unaffected by its artistic non-conventional contextualization, while cognitive abstraction, positive emotions and aesthetic impressions are favoured. Implications to philosophical foundations of the Cartesian scientific method are considered.

Evaluating the Effects of Artistic Impregnation of Scientific Objects on Qualifiers of Perceptual Assessment Through Self-Report Questionnaires: Implications for an Emerging Experimental Neuroepistemology

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    Anatomical artistic pieces pertaining to the academic collection Anatomia das Paixões (Anatomy of Passion), our transdisciplinary team for creative conception at the art/science interface (http://anatomiadaspaixoes.blogspot.com.br/, accessed 14 February 2015). Above: panel of collages, presenting ear and skull bones, sculptural interventions, and a variety of illumination resources (leds, optic fibre, microlamps) developed by our team. Below: left, transilluminated pyramid of an adult human temporal bone (ear bone, optic fibre), and, right, a foetal temporal bone transilluminated through the scale by optic fibre. This figure is published in colour in the online version of this journal, which can be accessed via http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/15685373.
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    Aesthesis at the web platform Survey Monkey for evaluation of perceptual attributes developed on scientific objects presented at conventional and non-conventional aesthetical envelopes. Complete versions available through link access referenced in the text. Print screens of both versions represent two different stages of the Aesthesis quest. Pictures correspond to the human tympanic cavity, containing the ear ossicules, seen from the tympanic tegmen, open surgically in a post-mortem piece. A pair of CTRL (conventional, left) and TEST (non-conventional, right) image versions has been selected for composition. Cognitive, aesthetic and emotional attributes of perception were evaluated with participation of undergraduate students of Fine Arts and Life Sciences. The pair of CTRL and TEST images belongs to our collection (Anatomia das Paixões). Image details: stereoscopic photograph 4x magnification; at left (CTRL), illumination by direct cold light; at right (TEST), transillumination by optic fibre positioned into the external meatus and oriented to the tympanic membrane; test image has been additionally processed by 3D digital design for depth manipulation (artist Marcos Fróes). This figure is published in colour in the online version of this journal, which can be accessed via http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/15685373.
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    Representative samples of speech graphs with different topographical patterns, distributed in classes of topography and complexity. Speech graphs were calculated by the JAVA free software SpeechGraphs v1.0.4 as described in the text, and obtained from analysis of written answers to Aesthesis Q10. Pattern categories consider the number of nodes and loops, ranging from P1 (simpler) to P6. This figure is published in colour in the online version of this journal, which can be accessed via http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/15685373.
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    Crisp numbers generated by the fuzzification/defuzzification process, and determined to each of the four axes of perceptual qualifiers, are presented in graphical compositions comparing academic groups at different experimental conditions, as indicated above. Also shown, the dissimilarity indexes D calculated for each of the comparisons. This figure is published in colour in the online version of this journal, which can be accessed via http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/15685373.
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    Crisp numbers generated by the fuzzification/defuzzification process, corresponding to each of the six speech graphs patterns analysed in written responses to Aesthesis Q10, are presented in graphical compositions comparing results with academic groups at different experimental conditions indicated above. Also shown, the dissimilarity indexes D calculated for each of the comparisons. This figure is published in colour in the online version of this journal, which can be accessed via http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/15685373.

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